The committee is a central institution in the internal review of project applications and projects and established at IH since 2019. It is composed by the Director in consultation with the Board of Trustees from IHS staff members who contribute expertise from various perspectives (legal (data protection), methodological, ethical).
The Commission on Ethics and Scientific Integrity examines in particular (but not exclusively) ethical aspects of social science research and questionnaire studies with sensitive questions. It sees itself as a service facility for the scientists at the IHS.
The members decide in all matters discussed and negotiated in the Commission exclusively according to their best conscience as scientists and ethically responsible persons. They put aside all personal interests and do not represent any other parties, persons, groups, institutions or beliefs.